Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in First Methodist Church of Holtville for Herman Parker Smith, 98, of Holtville, who died Thursday at his home in Holtville.
Jamie Dollins and the Rev. David Strong of First Methodist Church and Maranatha Fellowship of Holtville will officiate.
He will be buried next to his wife, Dorothy — who preceded him in death in 1989 — in a private ceremony in Pomona.
Mr. Smith was born Jan. 27, 1904, in Bradshaw, Neb.
He moved to Holtville in 1927, where he went to work for the Holtville Ice Co. as an ice deliveryman, moving up through the ranks to become its president in 1954 and continuing in that role until his retirement in 1983. He expanded the company's operations to include lettuce vacuum-cooling in the early 1950s and was instrumental in founding Veg-Vac Cooling Co. in 1963, which he also headed until his retirement.